Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares
A pair of middleweights looking to break into the upper-echelon square off, as Tim Boetsch (17-7) meets Brad Tavares (12-2).
Round 1: Boetsch right in on a single-leg, but Tavares defends and works him against the fence. Tavares is extremely difficult to get down to the canvas. Solid knee for Boetsch, but Tavares survives and fires back. Again to the clinch after a failed takedown attempt by Boetsch. Elbow by Tavares has busted Boetsch’s face open, and he follows up with another. Just all Tavares so far through three-plus minutes, as he is landing both the left and right at will. Tavares looks to have slipped coming in and Boetsch tries to bounce, but he gets to his feet. Tavares in close and scores with a takedown of his own.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Tavares
Round 2: Good exchange to start by these two, but it is Tavares who gains the advantage with the clinch. More bleeding from the face of Boetsch. Boetsch just misses on a big knee. Right hand by Boetsch is answered with a combination. The crowd is trying to get behind Boetsch with a “Tim, Tim” chant, as he is from Maine. Tavares, though, remains in complete control. Tavares lands, but a shot by Boetsch drops him. Tavares running away and Boetsch connects again, dropping him for a second time. He pounces and both Jon Anik and Kenny Florian are going nuts, as is the entire arena.
Tim Boetsch def. Brad Tavares via TKO (strikes) at 3:18 of Round 2